Letters to Editor

4 June 2009



To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing to you with regard to my brother, Sean Walsh, who went missing in Sydney in the early hours of Sunday May 10th. There has been no trace of him since that morning and I am hoping that you might be able to help us with our search for him. There has been a massive search around Sydney for Sean but it is possible that he is no longer in Sydney or even in New South Wales.
Sean is Irish, 26 years old, 5ft 10 and has short brown hair and blue eyes. He is a qualified biomedical engineer but has been on a round-the-world trip for the last 2 years, working mainly in ski resorts in New Zealand and Japan. For the last 7 months he has been in Australia on a working holiday visa. Sean has a very good relationship with his family and a large circle of close friends. He loves to ski and, since moving to Sydney, is an avid surfer too. He has also been actively involved in Gaelic sports both at home and in Sydney.
Sean was last seen by his flatmates at his Randwick home at 3am on May 10th. His disappearance was noticed on the afternoon of May 10th and we, his family in Ireland, were alerted immediately. The local police in Maroubra were also alerted and Sean's friends in Sydney launched a massive search for him. They started a poster campaign all over the city, contacted the media and searched all his usual haunts and surfing spots. Brid and I flew from Ireland to Sydney to help with the search. We are extremely concerned as this disappearance is totally out of character for Sean and he left most of his belongings behind - including his wallet and mobile phone. We are worried that Sean might not be well and might need help.
I would really appreciate it if you would print a picture of Sean in your newspaper, in the hope that somebody will recognise him and let us know that he is safe.
Sean's friends have set up a website with his picture and details: www.seanwalshmissing.com and I have attached some other pictures of him to this e-mail.
Yours sincerely,
Mairead Walsh.